La Presse (French newspaper)

La Presse was the first penny press newspaper in France.[1]

La Presse
TypePenny press newspaper
Founder(s)Émile de Girardin
FoundedJune 16, 1836 (1836-June-16)

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La Presse was founded on 16 June 1836 by Émile de Girardin as a popular conservative enterprise. While contemporary newspapers depended heavily on subscription and tight party affiliation, La Presse was sold by street vendors. Girardin wanted the paper to support the government, without being so tied to specific cabinets that it would limit the newspaper's readership. The initial subscription to La Presse was only 40 francs a year while other newspapers charged around 80 francs.

From July 1836 it serialised The Countess of Salisbury the first novel of Alexandre Dumas, which was such a success that it followed it up with Honoré de Balzac's La Vieille Fille.[2]

La Presse and Le Siècle are considered the first titles of the industrialized press era in France.

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References edit

  1. ^ Peter Brooks, Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative, Harvard University Press, 1992, page 146
  2. ^ Pearson, Roger. The Beauty of Baudelaire: The Poet as Alternative Lawgiver. Oxford University Press, 2021. p.495

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